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Christo Brehm, Professional Counselor Associate, Eugene, Oregon (# R7563)

My approach to therapy

My work integrates contemplative, mindfulness-based, and somatic (body-oriented) methods and approaches. I mostly work with individual adults but also enjoy working with teens and family units (such as adult-child + parent combos), who are aiming to heal and deepen their relationships. When working with parents of young kids, I may integrate instruction in Child Centered Play Therapy into our sessions to support and strengthen that vital parent-child attachment bond.

I tend to view common symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, as understandable instinctual responses to traumatic experiences, developmental trauma (aka cPTSD), internal or external stress, and experiences of relational mis-attunement. I’m also very curious about the ways we seem to inherit survival and coping strategies from previous generations, strategies that were necessary at the time to save our hides, but no longer serve us. I hold enormous trust in the innate, organic wisdom of each human person to move toward healing, restore balance, and to integrate and realize our full potential. While I provide structure to the therapeutic process, my aim is always to attune to and support the organic wisdom and inner leadership that arises from my clients.

Services and Specialties

I provide counseling and psychotherapy, in-person in Eugene and online throughout Oregon. I support people who have experienced acute or developmental trauma, overwhelming stress, and those who want extra support navigating the many challenges of life. I am selective in who I work with and expect my clients to be actively engaged in their own healing work outside of or in-between our sessions. I don't have much turn over in my practice these days but in general enjoy working with people seeking both short term focused work and a longer term therapeutic relationship.

Using Your Health Insurance

I accept and directly bill Oregon Health Plan (OHP) insurance plans. This includes the less common statewide Open Card OHP program and the much more common Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) plans such as CareOregon (HealthShare), Trillium OHP, and PacificSource Community Solutions. If you have other insurance plans with out-of-network benefits, you may be eligible to seek reimbursement, including commercial health insurance and motor vehicle accident (MVA) plans. In those cases, I am happy to provide you with "superbill" receipts that document your services for insurance companies. However, the only plans I directly bill are OHP and occasionally motor vehicle accident (MVA) PIP claims such as when someone suffers from PTSD following a roadway accident.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

You are welcome to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for significant tax savings. You can read more about the differences between a HSA and FSA here: https://hr.nih.gov/about/news/benefits/difference-between-flexible-spending-account-fsa-and-health-savings-account-hsa

Cash Rates (private pay)

My full rates are between $150 and $200 depending on services. For a typical 53 minute weekly session, I offer a "payment at time of service discount so the fee would be $100 per session. If you were seeing me weekly for 3 months, the total cost would be $1,300.

Biography

I am a nationally Board-Certified (NBCC) Professional Counselor Associate, registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT). I completed my 3-year Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University and am a graduate of the 2-year Hakomi Method training through Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.), now organized as the Hakomi Institute of the Pacific Northwest. I completed my Clinical Internship at the Center for Community Counseling in Eugene, Oregon. I am currently an intermediate level student in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) professional training program and participate in regular clinical supervision with Suzie Wolfer, LCSW, SEP (owner of Oregon Somatic Therapy in Portland). I am also a Certified Breema® Bodywork Practitioner and integrate the spirit of Breema’s Nine Principles into both my talk therapy practice and personal life: body comfortable, no extra, firmness and gentleness, full participation, mutual support, no judgment, single moment - single activity, and no hurry - no pause.

Before coming into the field of counseling and psychotherapy, I enjoyed a diverse career in landscape architecture and urban and regional planning, including work with local and state governments, academic research, and as a private practice consultant, working on projects throughout the U.S. and overseas. I hold a Bachelors in Planning, Public Policy and Management and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Prior to that, during the late 1990s and early 2000s, I worked as a Residential Counselor with teens and adults with intellectual and mental health disabilities and ran a three-county Section 8 (low-income) housing program. I've come full circle in my career you might say!

I have lived in Eugene and the Willamette Valley, Oregon since 2002. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and as an adult, have had connections to Virginia, New Mexico, New York, California, and Maine.  My wife and I are the proud parents of twin daughters and share all kinds of adventures together. In my free time, I enjoy construction and home renovation projects, whitewater kayaking, native landscaping, connecting with family and friends, and growing delicious food in our garden.

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